By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
There are no more “suspect cases” of human influenza caused by bird flu in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) disclosed Monday afternoon.
Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said the seven individuals being monitored have already been cleared of the AH5N6 virus.
“The results came out last night. They were all negative for avian influenza,” Ubial stated.
Last Friday, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine director Socorro Lupisan announced that there are seven new “suspect cases” being monitored; aside from the 34 other suspect cases reported to the health department, which all turned out to be negative of the virus.
Ubial said they still continue to conduct surveillance activities in areas where there is a bird flu outbreak, in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.
“Surveillance will continue 10 days after the last day of culling, which is August 24. The end of surveillance is September 3,” Ubial said.
Meanwhile, the health secretary noted that the continued absence of a bird-to-human transmission of the virus only proves that the transmission rate is low.
Ubial said: “The public should not be afraid. The possibility of human transmission is low… this is proof we can prevent avian flu among humans.”
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